The Port of Anchorage is an enterprise department under the Municipality of Anchorage. As an enterprise, the Port is distinguished from other types of municipal departments, largely because it creates enough revenue to support its operations along with paying annual fees to the municipality. The Port Director is appointed by the Mayor and reports to the Municipal Manager. In many ways, despite its enterprise distinction, the Port acts as a standard municipal department with the Assembly approving the annual budget and with contract services, financial support and other day-to-day activities managed by the appropriate municipal department and subject to all municipal code.
The Port is a "landlord" Port which means that we charge users for real estate and dock use and are responsible for maintenance, management and upkeep. The Port does not negotiate with shippers for tie-up, offloading, or any other related activities, customers calling on the Port are required to secure these services on their own.